Construction on the new Rand Memorial Hospital Cafeteria is continuing said, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands.
The minister, who was in Grand Bahama recently, spoke with this daily on the ongoing project.
“I heard a pretty optimistic timeline,” added Dr. Sands, who disclosed that he was on island two weeks prior to inspect the site. “We will have to wait and see whether that timeline will be kept.”
Dr. Sands revealed that he was informed the construction would be finished before this summer.
He added that there is no impediment in terms of funding and it now depends on whether the weather conditions are agreeable. “That’s pretty good news, but let’s wait and see.”
On Friday, July 21, 2017 at about 2:30 p.m. a fire emanated from the RMH kitchen. As a direct result, patients and staff were immediately evacuated to avoid any potential danger.
Patients were relocated to two facilities – the Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King Anglican Church’s Foster Pestaina Centre and the Sunrise Medical Centre.
It was later confirmed, in an initial report, that most of the damage was limited to the kitchen area. Other areas impacted by smoke included Medical, Surgical, Obstetric and Pediatric Wards, the Cafeteria and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
Clean-up of those areas was completed and plans were made to restore the kitchen so as to meet the onsite dietary needs of our patients and staff. In the meantime, alternate arrangements have been made to provide for the culinary requirements of the hospital.
In 2016 an agreement was signed that allocated around $4 million for a new kitchen and cafeteria that would meet international standards.
Sands also gave a brief update on the unions. He stated that they have had positive talks with the Nurses Union and assured that things are improving.